KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Mines and Minerals said Tuesday that the draft of ‘Sindh Mines and Minerals Governance Bill’ had been passed by the Sindh Cabinet and will soon be placed before Sindh Assembly for promulgation.

 

After the 18th Amendment in the Constitution of Pakistan, Mines and Minerals Development Department took this initiative to prepare Sindh Mines and Minerals Governance Act to properly regulate the mining sector in Sindh and to provide a detailed law for effective mining in the province, he said while talking to journalists at his office in Sindh Assembly here today.

 

Bijarani informed that to ensure safe and healthy working environment for mine labour, the draft of ‘Sindh Metalliferous Mines Bill 2021’ had also been approved by Sindh Cabinet and would soon be placed before Sindh Assembly for promulgation.

 

The provincial minister said that Mines and Minerals Development Department had also been working on ‘Sindh granite mining policy’ with the consensus of all stakeholders ensuring the protection of historical sites. He added, ‘Thar is blessed with natural resources and contain minerals like granite, China clay, iron ore, fuller earth etc. About 26 billion tons of estimated granite reserves are available in Karonjhar range in Thar. He said that policy regarding mining in Karonjhar would soon be finalized, the minister added.

 

He told that environmental mapping of mining areas of Sindh for conservation of minerals and natural resources an ADP scheme with the total cost of 39.8 million was aimed to modernize the department through digital mapping of mining sites and computerization of records of mining permits/leases.

 

He further said that Sindh would be the first province in Pakistan to start the study of all the minerals available in the province and create a detailed profile of precious, semi-precious and other minerals of economic importance. This study would determine the quality, quantity and location of available minerals. ‘The profile study of identified minerals for reserve estimation in Sindh’ is a ADP scheme at the cost of Rs240 million.”

 

The Minister for Mines and Minerals Development, PHE and RD also briefed about the achievements of PHE and RD departments and said that PHE department completed 52 water supply and 57 drainage schemes with an investment of Rs8.010 billion in last three years. He said that in next financial year’s ADP 2021-22, a total of 301 schemes of water supply and drainage would be carried out with an allocation of Rs15.5 billion.

 

He said that RD department completed four water supply and three sanitation and 31 communication schemes bringing a total of 38 schemes with an investment of Rs1.509 billion in last three years.

 

In next fiscal year’s ADP 2021-22, executions of 74 water supply, sanitation and communication schemes would be carried out with an allocation of Rs1.00 billion, the minister concluded.